PHR® and SPHR® Certification Preparation Course

Utah State University, in partnership with the National Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM®), offers a 12-week course to provide human resource professionals with increased tools for successful performance, utilizing the SHRM Learning System® for PHR®/SPHR® Certification Preparation as preparation for the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification exams. 

Upon completion, human resource practitioners will be better prepared to take the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) national certification exams. Our exam preparation course, which uses the SHRM Learning System for PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation to prepare for the PHR and SPHR exams, consistently beats the college/university and national pass rates.

Course Offerings

Thursday evenings from 6-9 pm at Salt Lake Community College

Spring: January 30 - April 24, 2014
Fall: September - November 2014 (Dates to be announced)

Important Links

HRCI Exam Eligibility Requirements Online Registration

What Are Your Benefits And Why You Should Enroll:

  • The course is designed to prepare HR practitioners to take and pass the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) Professional PHR/SPHR exams
  • The course has proven to be of value for people who are new to human resources as well as for experienced practitioners who wish to take the course simply for their personal development
  • SHRM provides a certificate to those who successfully complete the course. In addition, you can earn 3.5 continuing education units (CEUs)
  • Peer networking
  • Supplemental instructor materials
  • USU faculty members from the Department of Management teach the course which provides a broader overview of the human resources field
  • Face-to-face instruction
  • Expand your expertise and advance your career
  • Confidently sit for the PHR and SPHR exam
  • Develop strategic thinking skills and strengthen decision making

The SHRM Learning System for PHR/SPHR certification preparation Modules Cover Six Areas:

  • Business Management and Strategy
  • Workforce Planning and Employment
  • Human Resource Development
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Employee and Labor Relations
  • Risk Management

Course Fees, Enrollment, and Exam:

Online registration is now open.  Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to the first 40 registered participants. Early bird registration fee of $975 is applicable if payment is made by January 8. After that date, the regular registration fee of $1,050 will be applied.  Final registration deadline is January 15, 2014. NO REFUNDS are granted after January 17, 2014. Parking costs are not included in fee.

The course is taught on Thursday evenings from 6-9 pm in the Business Building, Room 119, at the Salt Lake Community College-Redwood Road Campus (4600 South Redwood Road). The course extends for 12 sessions beginning January 30 through April 24, 2014. The fee includes the SHRM Learning System for PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation modules, web-based SHRM Learning System for PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation software, online Resource Center, instructor handouts, and 36 hours of classroom instruction. Materials have been updated to meet PHR and SPHR exam specifications.

The HRCI exam registration is separate and an additional cost from the course registration. The HRCI exam is scheduled to be held during an 8-week window, May 1, 2014 through June 30, 2014. A computer-based exam will be used. You may visit, or call the HRCI office at 866.898.4724, or send an email to to learn more about eligibility requirements, testing windows, deadlines, exam fees, and how to apply for the exam.

Still have questions?

Please contact:

Suzette Alder, Program Coordinator
Department of Management
Utah State University
3555 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3555

Telephone: (435) 797-1789
Fax: (435) 797-1091

Additional Information:

Lisa Leishman

“I cannot say enough about the course offered through USU to better prepare me for the SPHR exam. The instructors were subject matter experts for each of the modules and they provided incredible instruction. There is no way I would have passed the exam without the class, and I would highly recommend this opportunity to anyone planning to take the exam. Thanks team!”

Lisa Leishman, SPHR